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‘Life Celebration’ for Veronica M. Muzic set for July 27

Veronica M. MuzicA public celebration of the life of Veronica M. Muzic – a life that included a half-century of devoted service to the college, its students and her co-workers – will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center.

The first 90 minutes will allow guests an opportunity for informal gathering and to visit “Veronica’s Garden” on the second floor, where a Williamsport Symphony Orchestra quartet will perform. Remarks will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by impromptu reminiscences from the floor. “Business casual” attire is suggested.

Muzic, who died June 18 at the age of 82, joined Williamsport Area Community College as an English instructor in 1968 and was awarded its first “Master Teacher” award in 1982. Her years of teaching and administrative leadership culminated in her retirement as vice president for academic affairs/provost, part-time service as a special assistant to the president and induction into the company of emeritus faculty members.

Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Wildcats third in President’s Cup tally; highest finish to date

Penn College Wildcats

Pennsylvania College of Technology was third in this year’s North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents’ Cup rankings, the Wildcats’ highest finish since joining the conference in 2014.

Lancaster Bible College won the cup for the third straight year, while Keuka College finished second.

This is the fifth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.

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Collision Repair & Restoration Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Nationwide lends damaged vehicles for students’ benefit

Marking Penn College's partnership with Nationwide are (from left) Jamie R. Miller, associate director of corporate relations; Loren R. Bruckhart, instructor of collision repair; Donald Ashby Jr., Nationwide claims director; John G. Fawcett, claims associate director; and Brian A. Moore, material damage claims manager.

A partnership with Nationwide Insurance Co. has resulted in the loan of six damaged vehicles to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s collision repair labs.

The seeds of the agreement were planted a year ago, when the college’s Collision Repair Advisory Committee discussed the shortage of late-model cars for students’ hands-on instruction. Committee member Brian A. Moore, a Nationwide claims manager, immediately recognized the need and strategized with colleagues on how to meet it.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

Students add play items to Lycoming County Sensory Garden

Pennsylvania College of Technology occupational therapy assistant students gather in front of a teepee that they helped to outfit with play items at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden. From left are students Kayla N. Kern, of Lock Haven, and Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Master Gardener Linda Betts; Boy Scout Colton Ulmer; Master Gardener Sharon Kuriga; and students Madalyn Q. Engle, of Linden, and Devin M. Heimbach, of Milton.

This summer, members of the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club at Pennsylvania College of Technology contributed their expertise to outfit a new play structure at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden.

A wooden “teepee” was added to the garden in 2018 by Montoursville Area High School junior Colton Ulmer as part of his Eagle Scout requirements. It is framed by debarked white pine poles, and walls are made of hemlock slabs. Working with input from garden volunteers, Ulmer planned the structure for easy accessibility by wheelchairs and with large windows that allow parents to see what’s happening inside. Ulmer’s work, completed with the help of 12 volunteers, took 283 man hours.

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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Nursing information session to be held July 25 in Wellsboro

WELLSBORO – Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations.

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the nursing lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.

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Faculty & Staff Sports Students

College earns its first NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup

Roar, Wildcats, roar!

Pennsylvania College of Technology is this year’s recipient of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup, which annually recognizes community service completed by conference institutions.

The selection, announced Monday, marks the first individual cup for the Wildcats since Penn College joined the NEAC in 2014.

“I am incredibly proud of how the Penn College student-athletes and athletic department have embraced what community service is, and how else we can leave our mark besides just in competition,” said Jackie Klahold, the college’s Senior Woman Administrator and chair of the NEAC SWAs. “Four years ago, we began establishing ideals of what it means to be a Penn College Wildcat, knowing community service and giving back was a major part of our culture. Our student-athletes have continuously strived to not only challenge each other, but also explore the many different opportunities to better the surrounding community.”

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Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Service, safety on display as Life Flight makes its summer return

Students gather around one of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters after it touches down on the library lawn.
Students gather around one of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters after it touches down on the library lawn.
The Life Flight crew supervises as students strap a classmate onto a stretcher, detailing the protocol for loading a patient onto a helicopter.
The Life Flight crew supervises as students strap a classmate onto a stretcher, detailing the protocol for loading a patient onto a helicopter.

Students in the emergency medical services and paramedic technology majors received a hands-on lesson in air ambulance operations when a Geisinger Life Flight crew landed one of the medical system’s nine helicopters on the Madigan Library lawn Tuesday. The crew taught the Penn College students about Life Flight services and safety protocols when on the scene of a medical helicopter landing. The experience was part of the course Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic. During the summer course, students learn about crime scene awareness, medical incident command and emergency vehicle operations. With the help of area emergency professionals, they experience water rescue, vehicle rescue, rope rescue, confined-space rescue and more.

Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

‘Designed’ podcast features faculty co-authors

Faculty featured in "Designed' podcastTwo members of Penn College’s graphic design faculty (and authors of a visual literacy textbook) discuss “The State of Design Education” in a podcast available online. Brian A. Flynn and David M. Moyer, assistant professors of graphic design, headline Episode 006 of “Designed: Creating Success in Design Education.” The pair co-wrote “Visual Literacy Workbook for Graphic Design and Fine Art Students,” which was published last winter by Oxford University Press, and share their perspective − as well as preview “the next book to come” − during their dialogue.

Dining Services Faculty & Staff General Information

An apt assignment for campers’ salad days

Bloom answers questions in an herbal roundtable. (Seated in the background is Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals.)
Bloom answers questions in an herbal roundtable. (Seated in the background is Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals.)
Pawlik supervises the preparation of salad dressing, with just the right blend of flavors ...
Pawlik supervises the preparation of salad dressing, with just the right blend of flavors …
... and a wide smile, folded in for good measure!
… and a wide smile, folded in for good measure!
A nutritious place in the sun
A nutritious place in the sun
What's even more fun than making delicious food? Yup, you guessed it.
What’s even more fun than making delicious food? Yup, you guessed it.

Camp ESCAPE visited the Keystone Dining Room on Monday, preparing homemade Italian and ranch dressing with fresh ingredients from Penn College’s herb garden. Helping the youngsters with the recipes were Dining Services’ Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director; Rebecca L. Pawlik, registered dietitian; and Andrea N. Breon, KDR head cook.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

General Information

Radio broadcast to highlight traveling sports display

Backyard Broadcasting’s “In Touch With Freddi Hammer” will feature a tour of Madigan Library’s “Hometown Teams” exhibit, a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and the World of Little League Museum, in its July 21 edition. Hammer visited campus Friday morning, talking with library director Tracey Amey and Lance Van Auken, the museum’s executive director. Her piece will air that Sunday on all five Backyard Broadcasting stations, and be available online.

Events Students

Forming attachments, whatever the hour

Natascha G. Santaella (center), a Connections Link (and applied management major) from Puerto Rico, places the safest bet of the summer: that incoming students will return home more prepared for their first semester at Penn College.
Natascha G. Santaella (center), a Connections Link (and applied management major) from Puerto Rico, places the safest bet of the summer: that incoming students will return home more prepared for their first semester at Penn College.
The action heats up the summer night, as the Rose Street Commons courtyard is converted to a "Manhunt" arena.
The action heats up the summer night, as the Rose Street Commons courtyard is converted to a “Manhunt” arena.
Comedian Michael Dean Ester, helping launch students' dreams through years of Penn College orientation programs, keeps the tradition alive in Dauphin Hall.
Comedian Michael Dean Ester, helping launch students’ dreams through years of Penn College orientation programs, keeps the tradition alive in Dauphin Hall.
After a day of ice-breakers and information, Connections guests unwind with a video game in the lounge.
After a day of ice-breakers and information, Connections guests unwind with a video game in the lounge.

Penn College’s essential Connections program continues through the summer, giving students and their families a comprehensive summer entrée to the exciting new experiences – and the inevitable challenges – of campus life. Daytime programs help in navigating textbook purchases, meal plans and financial aid, while the evening gives way to less-stressful (but no less beneficial) pursuits.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

Gallery General Information

‘Bear’-ing witness to art’s allure

Children "ooh" and "aah" upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Children “ooh” and “aah” upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude ...
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude …
... or shared with friends.
… or shared with friends.
With a crowned "birthday boy" lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads "The Hundred Dresses."
With a crowned “birthday boy” lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads “The Hundred Dresses.”

A sleuth of Bears, 3- and 4-year-olds from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, visited The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday. Accompanied by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader (and 2017 early childhood education graduate, pursuing an applied management degree), the youngsters excitedly experienced The Hundred Dresses Project. Inspired by the classic children’s book by Eleanor Estes, the exhibit features over 150 dress prints created by professional artists and more than 1,000 prints from classes in a half-dozen Lycoming County school districts. The exhibit can be viewed through July 23 during the gallery’s summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Faculty & Staff

Penn College names director of financial aid

David R. Empet

David R. Empet has been appointed director of financial aid at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective July 8.

Empet, who has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education administration, comes to Penn College from SUNY Corning Community College, where he served as director of recruitment and admissions since May 2018.

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Susquehanna Trailways boosts support for Wildcat Athletics

Susquehanna Trailways’ support for Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be commemorated on the scoreboard at the athletic field.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s transportation partner for Wildcat Athletics, Susquehanna Trailways, is increasing its support, which will be commemorated on the new scoreboard at the college’s updated athletic complex.

As part of the company’s commitment, two Susquehanna Trailways tour buses will continue to sport Penn College promotional wraps for five years.

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